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Place of Publication: Ocala, Florida
Publication Date: 12-21-2011
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INDEX Fairfield Village..2 Quail Meadow......3 Ocala Palms........7 Puzzles..............10 VOLUME 4, NUMBER 39 WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER21, 2011 Classified Page 10 Rev. SnyderPage 8 12Wednesday, December 21, 2011 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000A2TI Fairfield celebrates Santa holds his empty bag after giving away all his "goodies" at the Fairfield Village party. Lots of older boys and girls enj oyed their visits for the evening with the old guy in the red suit with the great white beard. But dont worry, boys and girls, hel l refill his bag with gifts for this weekend. At the left, the fantastic red and purple Christmas tree decorated by the Fairfield Feisty Fil lies was dedicated to Jan Scott who passed away earlier this year. Lots of small photos of Jan also decorated the tree. Merry Christma s, Lovely Lady! Column and more photos, Page 2. Early deadline this weekAll material for next weeks West Marion Messenger, the issue of Dec. 28, must be submitted by tomorrow, Thursday, Dec. 22. The paper will be put together after 5 that evening. The office will be closed on Monday, Dec.26. In addition, deadlines will be early for the issue of Jan. 4, with stories and photos due by Thursday, Dec. 29. The paper will be put together after 5 that evening, and the office will be closed on Monday, Jan. 2. We thank you in advance for your cooperation. The Senior Amateur Golf Tour is teeing it up to start its second season in North Central Florida on Thursday Jan. 12, initiating a series of 14 tournaments that includes two majors, all leading to the National Championship in Pinehurst, NC. Tournaments are scheduled for some of the areas most prestigious courses and certain to prove to be a good test of golf for all competitors. The Tour is open to all skill levels, 50 years of age and older. Members are placed in one of four flights: Championship Flight (0-3.9 handicap), A Flight (4.0-8.9), B Flight (9.0-13.9), C Flight (14.0-plus). Tournament sites include: Stone Creek, Ocala; RedTail, Sorrento; Juliette Falls, Dunnnellon; Timacuan, Lake Mary; Black Bear, Eustis; Country Club of Ocala; Mission Inn, Howey-in-the-Hills; Golden Hills, Ocala; Alaqua, Longwood; Eagle Dunes, Sorrento; Black Diamond, Lecanto; Southern Hills, Brooksville; Harbor Hills, Lady Lake; and, World Woods, Homosassa Springs. The tournaments at Mission Inn and World Woods are major 2-day, 36-hole tournaments that award double points and prizes. This often affects the standings in each flight since the top ten points leaders in each flight are invited to the National Championship held in November. Tournament format is gross Senior Amateur Golf set locally Please see GOLF Page 4 Ocala Palms residents visit homes to see decorations Six Ocala Palms residents opened their homes for a Christmas tour to benefit the Ocala Rape/Crisis/Spousal Abuse Center. More than 130 tickets were sold with proceeds going to the charity event. More photos, Page 7. PHOTOS BY CATHY DONOHUEThese ladies went by golf cart to visit the exquisitely decorated homes. From left are, Kathy Gustafson, Carol Yount, Karen McShane and Sandy Ellis. Ken and Ralyn Moore pose in front of their tree.

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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, December 21, 2011 11 2Wednesday, December 21, 2011 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 0009N2W 000A2Z3 Take a Ride in The Wild! Airboat Tours Lake Lochloosa Orange Lake A 6,000 acre lake surrounded, for the most part, by a 27,000 acre conservation area. 1 hour tours For Prices & Reservations Call Bruce Balentine 352-572-6624 See what Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings wrote about Alligator Anhinga 0 0 0 A 1 R N Fairfield Village B art Rich, who is President of Fairfields HOA, and Rudy Dagnello will be entertaining at the Oasis Restaurant on State Road 200 on Thursday, Dec. 22 from 9 to 11 a.m. That is a bit early, so mark the time and come to see what is going on. Everyone is invited to come and join the activity. Have a nice breakfast or just another added morning snack and have some real fun and Christmas cheer. There will be Christmas music mixed with some Lots and lots of Christmas fun for Fairfield Village Priscilla Geissal traditional tunes. This is guaranteed to be lots of fun. Come and see for yourself. We will follow this invitation with some photos next week of the activity so that others may want to come by and join in at future times. Along with this upcoming activity, we can report that the Christmas Potluck Dinner at the Fairfield Village Clubhouse was a terrific success. As usual, there was so much food, that those present either had to refrain or suffer the consequence of the old malady that was handled back in the s by the AlkaSeltzer plop, plop, fizz, fizz if we wanted the relief that was purported to be oh what a relief it is! Actually, I always thought that the cute little AlkaSeltzer guy was a little overrated as the bringer of the relief, but that was just my experience. Does anyone else remember all those Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners when we got so very sleepy (the results of the turkey and the overeating too), and we did not understand the cause. I wonder if we missed out on a natural way to help our children fall asleep at night. Maybe we should have fed them a little turkey with each dinner mealYou think? With this being the last issue of the Messenger before Christmas weekend, we in Fairfield Village would like to wish one and all a fabulous Christmas holiday. For those who do not celebrate Christmas, we hope that your weekend is lots of fun and bring enjoyment to you and yours as well. From the lively place filled with lovely people, we wish you all health, happiness, and a wonderful holiday! The barber shop quartet known as Good Vibrations entertained and were well received. The members are Peter Musella, Ron Bromans, Rob Caruapa, and Jim Francis. When they first came out, they offered to introduce themselves...they turned and introduced themselves to each other. The act started with humor. Winners of the special prizes for the evening were Phil Geissal, above, and Bob Elliott, right. Reminder: Early deadline the next two weeks

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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, December 21, 2011 3 10Wednesday, December 21, 2011 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 352-622-3937 museumeyecare@live.com Dr. James A. Muse B o a r d C e r t i f i e d Board Certified O p t o m e t r i c P h y s i c i a n Optometric Physician Our commitment to personalized eyecare... Your eyes are our masterpiece. No Technicians, No Opticians, Just You and the Doctor Happy Holidays ~ Happy Holidays ~ Happy Holidays ~ Happy Holidays Happy Holidays ~ Happy Holidays ~ Happy Holidays ~ Happy Holidays Happy Holidays ~ Happy Holidays ~ Happy Holidays ~ Happy Holidays Happy Holidays ~ Happy Holidays ~ Happy Holidays ~ Happy Holidays Heath Brook Commons (next to Publix) 5400 SW College Rd/Highway 200, Suite 106, Ocala, FL 34474 Eyecare hours are: M T TH F 8:30 -5:00; W 1:00-6:00 Select Sat. are available Medicare, United Health Care, BC/BS Providers 000A2IU 0009VCG Helping Those In Need The West Marion Business Association is having a hat, gloves and socks drive for the needy in our community. The drive runs through the end of the year. Hats Socks Gloves You can drop off your donations at these locations: FWH & Associates Blue Cross and Blue Shield 7651 S.W. State Road 200, Suite 108 Personal Care Medical 6035 S.W. 54 St., Suite 200 (Right off 60th Ave/Airport Rd.) 2nd Chance Consignment & Curves both in Jasmine Plaza at 6128 S.W. State Rd. 200 Yours Truly 8449 S.W. State Road 200 in Friendship Plaza Readers Choice Winner Jewelry Store 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 www.jandjjewelersocala.com WRAP IT UP EARLY FOR THE HOLIDAYS! 10-40% OFF SELECTED ITEMS 000A3XD A l l r e p a i r s d o n e o n p r e m i s e s A l l r e p a i r s d o n e o n p r e m i s e s All repairs done on premises. B ATTERIES $ 8 00 + tax HOLIDAY HOURS: MON.-FRI. 10-5 SAT. 10-2 Jasmine Plaza 352-401-0001 6160 SW SR 200 Unit 104 Ocala, Florida 34476 000A382 Ocalas Only 4-Star Ocalas Only 4-Star Accommodations Accommodations for Your Pet for Your Pet Tour our unique Tour our unique facility and you facility and you be the judge! be the judge! 352-861-4566 352-861-4566 B o a r d i n g G r o o m i n g Boarding Grooming 10411 SW 105th Street Ocala 10411 SW 105th Street Ocala www.palmettokennels.com www.palmettokennels.com 0009XJI Kennel Pet Sitting Kennel Grooming Pet Sitting 000A1Q8 Quail Meadow T oday, Dec. 21, is the first day of the Jewish holiday known as Hanukkah, or Chanukah. This is also known as the Festival of Lights. Chanukah is an eight-day celebration commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt in the 2nd Century. Chanukah is observed for eight nights and days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, which may occur at any time from late November to late December. The festival is observed by lighting the unique candelabrum, the ninebranched Menorah or Chanukah, one additional light on each night of the holiday, progressing to eight on the final night. The typical Menorah consists of eight branches with an additional raised branch. The extra light is called a shamash and is given a distinct location, usually above or below the other candles. The purpose of the shamash is to have a light available for use, as using the Chanukah lights themselves is forbidden. The Ocala city square will have the annual Lighting of the Menorah beginning at 6 p.m. tonight. The ladies of Quail Meadow had their monthly luncheon at Ruby Tuesdays. The food and fellowship were enjoyed by everyone. If you havent been attending these monthly luncheons, why dont you plan on joining us in January? The Red Hot Fillies of the Meadow had a great time at Stone Creek last week. Many of our members were unable to attend due to illness and travel. This is a busy time of the year and its hard to find a date to suit everyone. The food was fabulous, as usual did you try the bourbon bread pudding? Maybe we should just go for dessert next time! Dont forget to get your tickets for the New Years Eve party. Lil Carie has the tickets. This is going to be a fun night, and a safe way to welcome the New Year. Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah. Its the first day of Chanukah Carolyn Slocumb The ladies at their luncheon. The Red Hat luncheon. Pat Tobin enjoying the ladies luncheon at Ruby Tuesdays. TO PLACE ACLASSIFIED AD, CALLToll Free 1-877-676-1403 MONDAYTHROUGH FRIDAY, 8:00 AM 5:00 PM Friday at 4:00 pm is the deadline for classified reader ads. DEADLINES CANCELLATIONSAll ads require prepayment. We accept: CHARGE IT!! ERRORS Advertisements may be canceled as soon as results are obtained. You will be billed only for the dates the ad actually appears in the paper. Deadlines for cancellations are the same as the deadlines for placing ads, except for specials. Be sure to check your advertisement the first day it appears. We will not be responsible for more than one incorrect insertion. Adjustments are made only for the portion of the ad that is in error.Beware: Publication of any classified advertisement does not constitute endorsement by the West Marion Messenger. We make every effort to screen out advertising that may not be legitimate. However, since we can not guarantee the legitimacy of our advertisers, you are advised to be careful of misleading ads and take caution when giving out personal information. Add Up TheSAVINGSwith a Name Address City State Zip Phone 10 Words $5.12 Per Week 44 For Each Additional Word Pricing Includes Online All Ads Must Be Prepaid All Credit Card s Accepted 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 10WORDS$5.12+44AWORD(IncludesOnline)=TOTAL For your convenience, mail with payments to West Marion Messenger office at 8810 SW SR 200, Unit 104, Ocala, FL 34481 or call... CallTollFree1-877-676-1403 CLASSIFIEDAD WMM_CLASS_AD_FORM_3_9_11 Professional Youth Care WorkerCypress Creek Juvenile Offender Correctional Center a residential program for maximum risk males committed to the Dept. of Juvenile Justice is recruiting for Youth Care Workers Must be over 21 years of age, have High School Diploma and be able to pass a Level 2 back ground screening Must be able to com plete self-defense and physical intervention training. Ability to tolerate verbal and mental abuse while maintaining a professional demeanor. Ability to perform appropriate crisis intervention, including physically breaking up fights. Pick up an application at 2855 W Woodland Ridge Dr. Lecanto, Florida, 34461 Drug Free Workplace / EEO General Help SINGLE COPY ROUTES AVAILABLE.This is a great opportunity to own your own business. Unlimited potential for the right person to manage a route of newspaper racks and stores. Must have two vehicles and be able to work early morning hours. Email: emorales@chr onicle online.com or come to 1624 N. Meadowcrest Blvd. and fill out an application Schools/ Instruction EARN COLLEGE DEGREE ONLINE Online from Home *Medical, *Business, *Criminal Justice. Job placement assistance. Computer available. Financial Aid if qualified. SCHEV certified. Call 877-206-5165 www.CenturaOnline .com Tools Circular Saw, 7 paid $70 Sell $45 (352) 854-2942 General Christmas lights for home & tree, used once, most new in box Handmade birdhouse ornaments-very unique 352-671-7457 Wanted to Buy Ca$h for Old StuffJewelry, Military, Knives, Toys, Tools, Taxidermy, ED or PEGGY (352) 237-2478 or (352) 682-6003 VINNYS RECYCLING 352-237-4447 FREE Haul Away Service Dont throw it Away...CALL US WE BUY EVERYTHINGCall Us First! 24/7 After Hours 352-615-4277 Real Estate For Sale PUBLISHERS NOTICE: All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or an intention, to make such preference, limitation or discrimination. Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination call HUD toll-free at 1-800-669-9777. The toll-free telephone number for the hearing impaired is 1-800-927-9275. Vehicles Wanted JUNK CARS COMPLETE JUNK CARS AND TRUCKS PAYING FROM $200 AND UP !!!DEPENDING ON MAKE MODEL& YEAR. NO TITLE NEEDED. FREE TOWING. SAME DAYREMOVALOPEN 7 DAYS AWEEK CALL TODAYFOR AFREE QUOTE. WE PAYTHE MOST (352)301-8888 Roofing METAL ROOFING BY GULFCOAST SUPPLY Direct from factory,quick delivery throughout Florida.Many colors and profiles available!Visit www.gulfcoastsupply.com or 1 888 393 0355 for literatur e or quote Somebody else wants it! 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stroke play, with USGA rules in effect. A software program tracks each players handicap to ensure participants are placed in their proper flight. Once you begin playing on Tour, the integrity of each flight is kept and many players are moved up in flights during the season. A Skins game is also available. Players are truly treated like pros, says local Tour Director Jim Castello, This Tour gives competitive golfers the opportunity to test their skills on some of the finest courses in the area with some of the areas finest players. Tour President Dennis McCormac, headquartered in Charlotte, NC, heads-up the 13-year old Tour in 12 markets across the country. A Tour member in North Central Florida can play in any Senior Amateur Golf Tour event in any of our other Tour cities and a percentage of their points accumulate in their home Tour, said McCormac, emphasizing that this is a huge benefit for those who travel, especially those who Winter in Florida and Summer in the North. Tour membership fee is $85 and includes a tour gift pack, plus reduced rates on Tournament practice rounds. Entry fees vary with each event, and include cart, green fees, range balls and prizes. Golfers can check the Tour Manual, schedule, and sign up and pay by credit card at www.senioramateurgolftour.net. For more information contact Tour Director: Jim Castello, 352-446-3446; or, email at ncflorida@amateurgolftour.net. messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, December 21, 2011 9 4Wednesday, December 21, 2011 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger The West Marion Messenger is a free community newspaper covering news of communities west of Ocala including Fore Ranch, Stone Creek, Fairfield Village, Ocala Palms, Timberwood, Falls of Ocala, Quail Meadow, Foxwood Farms and Golden Hills. Postmaster: Entered as Third Class Matter at the post office in Ocala, Fla., 34477. Problems getting the Messenger: If your community is listed above and the Messenger is not delivered to you or you are having trouble getting the paper from boxes around the S.R. 40 and SR 27 areas, call 854-3986.CONTACT INFORMATION(352) 854-3986 Fax (352) 854-9277 8810 S.W. State Road 200, Suite 103, Ocala, FL 34481 Editor Jim Clark Circulation Barbara Jaggers Inside Sales/Office Coordinator -Michel Northsea Advertising Sales Tom Rapplean and Susie Mirabile Regional Manager John Provost Deadline for news : Friday 1 p.m. the week before publication. Member of the Community Papers of Florida I want to get news in the Messenger. Call editor Jim Clark at 352-854-3986 or send by e-mail to editor@westmarionmessenger.comCommunity news and photos must be received by Friday the week before publication. Mail and photos may be left at the Messenger office in Kingsland Plaza. 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Cohn Construction 0009S2W 0009ZC2 LANDSCAPING JAMISON LANDSCAPE & TREE SERVICE Specializing in new landscape designs, dangerous tree removal and rimming, rock, mulch, paver stones, sod and more. FREE ESTIMATES Jeff Jamison 352-321-0404 licensed & insured 10% Discount To Seniors & Military 000A1WO LAWN/HOME Roys Lawn & Home Services Full Property Maintenance Painting Sod Installations Pressure Washing F REE E STIMATES Lic/Ins 3 5 2 3 4 2 4 4 4 4 3 5 2 3 4 2 4 4 4 4 352-342-4444 GOLFcontinued from Page 1 Happenings Wednesday, Dec. 21 Public Bingo at the Moose Each Wednesday beginning at 1 p.m. Bingo is played with opportunities to win big. Try your luck while supporting the Lodge and its charity endeavors. Everyone is welcome with a variety of lunch selections. Located at 10411 S.W. 110th St., one mile north of the State Road 200 main entrance of Oak Run. Phone is 352-854-2200. Friday, Dec. 31 United Way Day of Caring deadlineUnited Way of Marion County will hold the 19th annual Day of Caring on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012. Day of Caring offers businesses, individuals, organizations and civic clubs the opportunity to help local nonprofit human service agencies accomplish much-needed projects during one day of organized volunteerism. Volunteer work teams who are interested in participating or community organizations that have projects that need to be completed can fill out an application at www.uwmc.org. The deadline for team and project applications is Friday, Dec. 31. For more information, contact Tina Banner at 352-7329696 or tbanner@uwmc.org. Saturday, Jan. 7 Gentle chair yoga planned Gentle chair yoga at the Freedom Library will be from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. and continuing on Jan. 14, Feb. 4 and Feb. 11. For details, contact Ingrid Crane at 352-854-7950.Thursday, Jan. 12 Palm Cay GOP to meetOn Jan. 12, the Palm Cay Republican Club will be holding its monthly meeting at the Oasis Club in Palm Cay. The speakers for January are Chris Blair, who is running for sheriff of Marion County, Wally Wagoner who is a candidate for superintendent of schools for Marion County and Wesley Wilcox, assistant supervisor of elections for Marion County The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. and last until 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served after the meeting with lots of time to ask questions of the guests. For details, call James Pettus, 352-438-9662.Ongoing Donations of cars sought First Congregational United Church of Christ is accepting vehicles of all types for donation. Vehicles do not have to be in working condition. All donations are taxdeductible based on book value. Contact David Keith, 352-598-6272 or the church office at 352-237-3035. The Department of Health and Human Services has released a bulletin outlining proposed policies that will give states more flexibility and freedom to implement the Affordable Care Act. The Affordable Care Act ensures all Americans have access to quality, affordable health insurance. To achieve this goal, the law ensures that health insurance plans offered in the individual and small group markets, both inside and outside of the Affordable Insurance Exchanges (Exchanges), offer a comprehensive package of items and services, known as essential health benefits. The bulletin describes an inclusive, affordable and flexible proposal and informs stakeholders about the approach that HHS intends to pursue in rulemaking to define essential health benefits. HHS is releasing this intended approach to give consumers, states, employers and issuers timely information as they work HHS to give states more flexibility to implement health reform toward establishing Exchanges and making decisions for 2014. This approach was developed with significant input from the public, as well as reports from the Department of Labor, the Institute of Medicine, and research conducted by HHS. Under the Affordable Care Act, consumers and small businesses can be confident that the insurance plans they choose and purchase will cover a comprehensive and affordable set of health services, said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Our approach will protect consumers and give states the flexibility to design coverage options that meet their unique needs. Under the Departments intended approach, states would have the flexibility to select an existing health plan to set the benchmark for the items and services included in the essential health benefits package. States would choose one of the following health insurance plans as a benchmark: One of the three largest small group plans in the state; One of the three largest state employee health plans; One of the three largest federal employee health plan options; The largest HMO plan offered in the states commercial market. The benefits and services included in the health insurance plan selected by the state would be the essential health benefits package. Plans could modify coverage within a benefit category so long as they do not reduce the value of coverage. Consistent with the law, states must ensure the essential health benefits package covers items and services in at least ten categories of care, including preventive care, emergency services, maternity care, hospital and physician services, and prescription drugs. If a state selects a plan that does not cover all ten categories of care, the state will have the option to examine other benchmark insurance plans, including the Federal Employee Health Benefits Plan, to determine the type of benefits that will be included in the essential health benefits package. The policy proposed today by HHS would give states the flexibility to select a plan that would be equal in scope to the services covered by a typical employer plan in their state. States and insurers would retain the flexibility to evolve the benefits package with the market as innovative plan designs are developed and advancements in care become available, and meetthe needs of their citizens. More than 30 million Americans who newly have insurance coverage in 2014 will have a comprehensive benefit package, said Sherry Glied, PhD, assistant secretary for planning and evaluation. In addition to assuring comprehensive coverage for the newly insured, many millions of Americans buying their own insurance today will gain valuable new coverage, including more than 8 million Americans who currently do not have maternity coverage, and more than 1 million who will gain prescription drug coverage. The bulletin issued today addresses only the services and items covered by a health plan, not the cost sharing, such as deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance. The costPlease see HEALTH Page 9 sharing features will be addressed in future bulletins and cost-sharing rules will determine the actuarial value of the plan. Public input on this proposal is encouraged. Comments are due by Jan 31, 2012 and can be sent to: EssentialHealthBenefits@cms.hhs.gov. For the essential health benefits bulletin, visit: http://cciio.cms.gov/resources/regulations/index. html#hie For a fact sheet on the essential health benefits bulletin, visit: http://www.healthcare.gov/ news/factsheets/2011/12/essential-healthbenefits12162011a.html For a summary of individual market coverage as it relates to essential health benefits, visit: http://aspe.hhs.gov/health/r eports/2011/IndividualMarket/ib.shtml For information comparing benefits in small group products and state and Federal employee plans, visit: http://aspe.hhs.gov/health/r eports/2011/MarketComparison/rb.shtml HEALTHcontinued from Page 4 You can always tell the quality of a person by what they celebrate and how they celebrate. Of course, the Holiday Turkeys will accuse me right here of being judgmental. Perhaps they are right. What is wrong with a little bit of being judgmental? Why is it we can be judgmental in every area of our life except those areas that are matters of life and death. My doctor is so judgmental that sometimes I would like to punch him in the nose. What right does he have to tell me that I have something wrong with me? Well, hes the doctor. How many people have shortened their life by not listening to their judgmental doctor? Some alcohol-saturated person will challenge me and say, You have no right telling me what to do. Im going to have a good time. Dont you judge me. Then they get smashed, jump in their car and end up killing some young family coming home from a Christmas party. That certainly is not the reason for the season. The Christmas season is not the season to get so drunk you do not know what you are doing that you hurt other people and it is not the season to spend yourself into the poor house for the next year or so. The Christmas season is the season to celebrate Gods answer to mans incurable dilemma. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16 KJV). The answer to all of mans problem is Jesus Christ. The Christmas season is the season to join with family and neighbor and sing of Gods amazing Grace. Go ahead. Deck your halls with Holly but in the midst of it all, give God the glory in the highest. This is the season for our streets to echo with the joyous celebration of Christ coming into this world. Then there are those who object. I have a proposition for all of the Holiday Turkeys who object to me celebrating Christmas or trying to call it something other than what it really is. You do not have to celebrate the Christmas season; just allow me to celebrate it in a way that I see fit. Then, I will not celebrate April 1 or Halloween but will allow you to celebrate your holidays anyway you want to. I think that is fair. It is a two-forone deal I am not sure anybody could ever pass up. Celebrate your holiday, and I will celebrate the Christmas season and wish all my friends a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.The Rev. James L. Snyder is pastor of the Family of God Fellowship, PO Box 831313, Ocala, FL 34483. He lives with his wife, Martha, in Silver Springs Shores. Call him at 352-687-4240 or e-mail jamessnyder2@att.net. The church web site is www.whatafellowship.com. SNYDERcontinued from Page 8 Reminder: Early deadline for next weeks issue; all material must be in by Thursday 12/22 Is Your Garage Screen Door Stuck? Enjoy the benefits of all Florida has to offer, any time of the year with a Sliding Garage Screen Door! Its like adding an extra room! 000A3WY 465-4629 crayconst@msn.com CRC058138 16x7 Sliding Garage Screen Door *Installation charges vary O p t i o n a l S c r e e n Optional Screen C h o i c e s Choices S t a r t i n g a t Starting at $ 6 9 5 $ 695 00098Y6 IRRIGATION LLC. 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A lthough I may look a little stodgy on the outside with a few gray hairs blossoming on the top, I still know how to celebrate, and this is the time of the year to do that sort of thing. I love a good Christmas celebration. For the last few years, I have never had to check my calendar to know when it is time to celebrate the Christmas season. It seems that the Thanksgiving turkey always gives rise to what I shall refer to as the Holiday Turkey. No sooner is my Thanksgiving turkey resting snugly inside of me when the Holiday Turkeys begin their assault on Christmas. Do not let this get out, but I love it. Some people are quite offended when these Holiday Turkeys begin their assault on Christmas. I would be insulted if they did not. I expect them to attack anything to do with Christmas. It just goes to show that the Christmas story has not lost its offense. Those of us who celebrate the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ embrace this time of the year with a great deal of joy and praise. After all, we are celebrating the fact that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners. What better message to celebrate at this time of year when most people are having a difficult time. Dont get me wrong here. I believe in celebrating Jesus Christ every day. There is something special about setting aside one day of the year to recognize his birth. I do not worship the manger nor do I venerate the three wise men. I do, however, appreciate the fact that Jesus Christ came into this world and it certainly is my privilege once a year to celebrate His birthday. I know He wasnt born on Dec. 25, but it is the thought that counts. Even those who do celebrate Christmas sometime celebrate the wrong thing. People who do not have much money spend themselves poor getting Christmas presents for their family, and then they spend the rest of the year trying to pay off those purchases. That is a nice gesture but that is not the reason for the season. Instead of spending money this year for your family, why not spend a little time with them. That will do more good than something you buy in the store that will be obsolete by the time they open it Christmas morning. Then there are those who take this time of the year to do nothing but party, party, party. By party, I mean getting so inebriated they have no idea what they are doing or saying. Many people will die during the celebration of Christs birth because of some intoxicated driver. 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Meadowcrest Blvd., Crystal River There are immediate opportunities for independent contractors to manage and grow single copy newspaper routes in Citrus and Marion Counties Read the classifieds Merry is as merry celebrates James Snyder Please see SNYDER Page 9 Electronics are once again dominating holiday shopping lists this season. In fact, analysts with the Consumer Electronics Association predict shoppers will spend six percent more on electronics this year compared to last or about $250 per consumer. And for every new laptop, tablet, phone, TV, gaming system and scores of other gadgets, an outdated device likely will be replaced. For those old electronics, the question is, Now what? First off, do not throw replaced electronics in the trash. Electronic devices are comprised of a range of toxic components that can be harmful to human health and the environment if discarded in the same waste stream as the rest of your household garbage. Trashed electronics, or e-waste, contain heavy metals such as lead, mercury and cadmium, which can leach out of landfills and into groundwater or nearby waterways. The good news is that there are several alternatives for disposing of your e-waste, including reuse and recycling. One ideal method that is in keeping with the holiday spirit is to find a local community electronics recycling fund-raiser to properly dispose of your outdated electronics while helping to raise funds for a local organization. With the current economic climate most nonprofits, schools and other organizations are experiencing harder times. Not only will recycling benefit an organization in need, but the environment as well by diverting the e-waste from the landfill. Visit us.simsrecycling.com/events or contact your favorite nonprofit or other charitable organization to find an event near you. Another option is to look into electronics take-back programs. Many electronics retailers, like Best Buy or Staples, will accept your e-waste for free or a small handling fee, regardless of brand or condition. Several manufacturers, too, will take back retired products, although these takeback programs vary in terms of fees and conditions. A quick Internet search of your local electronics retailer or manufacturers recycling policy will provide instructions for their take-back process. Many cities waste management divisions also have electronics recycling programs, though opportunities differ in size and scope. Some municipalities have designated ewaste collection sites, while others might host periodic events to collect ewaste. Typically municipalities contract with third-party e-waste recyclers that process the collected material on behalf of the city. Check your citys website to learn about opportunities to drop off your e-waste or have it collected. Finally, consumers should look to see if ewaste recycling companies, such as those that contract with cities, have a facility nearby. These companies usually contract with organizations and businesses to handle large volumes of ewaste, but many welcome materials directly from individuals. Depending on the company, some accept electronics at their local facility at any time, some have designated days for public drop-off and others host periodic collection events with local partners. Unfortunately, however, there are some bad seeds in the e-waste recycling industry. Individuals, municipalities and businesses should take several important steps before selecting a recycler, thereby ensuring their e-waste is properly managed. For example, make sure the recycler is either Responsible Recycler (R2) or e-Stewards certified, which is one indicator that the recycler is adhering to environmental best practices. Also, even if you think your electronic device has been cleared of personal data, be sure the recycler offers data destruction compliant with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to make certain all data is wiped clean. Lastly, ask with whom a recycler does business. Some recyclers dont actually handle the recycling of equipment and only collect the material for recycling. Not knowing exactly where your electronics are being recycled could put you and the environmentat risk. The best recyclers are those that own the lifecycle, offering a complete range of remarketing and recycling services internally, thereby eliminating reliance on subcontractors, and thus improving accountability and security. This holiday season when you are making room for your new electronic devices, remember there are plenty of homes for your old ones, but the garbage is not one of them. Buying new electronics this season? Dont trash the old ones ARIES (March 21 to April 19) With the new years opportunities almost within reach, the Arians courageous aspects are raring to go. And dont be surprised if a lot of people follow the zodiacs most trusted leader. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Change lies ahead for the brave Bovine who is ready to shuck off the tried and true to try something new. But appearances can be deceptive. Check it all out before you charge into anything. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) This week promises a peek into what the new year holds for the Gemini Twins, both in love and careers. Family matters continue to be a factor in decisions youre going to be facing. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) As you move into the new year, your travel aspects grow stronger, and you might find yourself making decisions about a destination and a traveling companion sooner than youd expected. LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22) The new year holds both glitter and gold. This means Leos and Leonas should begin getting the facts theyll need to separate the real thing from the sham in order to make important decisions next year. VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22) A good way to start the New Year might be to arrange for a visit to someone you havent seen in a long time. You also might want to pick up that project you put off a while back. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) As you contemplate the new years potential, you might want to talk things over with people who are or have been where you want to go. Their experience and advice can be helpful. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) Someone close to you might feel you have no more room for them in your life. This calls for immediate reassurance of your love so you can start next year on a high note. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) The coming year will bring more people into your life. Some situations might not work out as well as others. But overall, everyone earns something, and thats always a good thing. 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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, December 21, 2011 7 6Wednesday, December 21, 2011 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger West Marion Messenger 8810 W. State Road 200, suite 104, Ocala, FL 34481; or e-mail editor@westmarionmessenger.com Opinion Among Friends On Point They want to take away my cell phone Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus By Francis P Church, first published in The New York Sun in 1897. We take pleasure in answering thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of The Sun: Dear Editor I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, If you see it in The Sun, its so. Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus? Virginia OHanlon Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be mens or childrens, are little. In this great universe of ours, man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge. Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished. Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies. You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if you did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but thats no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world. You tear apart the babys rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived could tear apart. Only faith, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding. No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives and lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay 10 times 10,000 years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood. O ur M essage PUBLISHER: GERRY MULLIGAN REGIONALMANAGER: JOHN PROVOST EDITOR: JIM CLARK Messenger WEST MARION Guest column Ebenezer Scrooge redeemedBy Jim Flynn S PECIALTOTHEC ITIZEN Despite my disdain for fairy tales and fictional happy endings, I was taken by Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol from first reading. I was captured again by the 1951 best ever movie rendition of the story, starring Alistair Sim. The seasonal life story of Ebenezer Scrooge is about an emotionally neglected childhood, a relentless rise to success as a money lender, and a lonely life of humbug after his only friend and partner, Jacob Marley, had passed away. The name Scrooge is a contraction of the uncomplimentary words screw and gouge. The storys mission of Marleys first ghost is to cause Scrooge to acknowledge his lifelong loneliness. The woman he loved turned away from him because of his greed. And his dear sister Fan died in childbirth. Marleys second ghost, the spirit of the present, intends to shake Scrooges conscience by revealing the home life of his under-paid clerk Bob Cratchit and his children. Despite their poverty and the declining health of their lame son, TinyTim, the Cratchits emit humble joy over the Christmas season. The final ghost, of Christmas yet to come, does not speak. Instead he depicts for Scrooge the sadness which the Cratchit family will experience on the passing of Tiny Tim, and by contrast shows Scrooge the lonely and unmourned death which he will suffer for his sins. When he wrote his little Christmas book, Dickens was deep in debt, and his inspiration was undoubtedly his own childhood. He was one of eight children, whose father was a poorly paid clerk like Bob Cratchit. Father and all eight children went to debtors prison when Dickens was 12. Dickens was allowed out to work in a shoe blacking factory to help feed his family in prison. Those were times of cruel child labor, when many orphans lived in the streets. After their release from prison, the Dickens family lived for a time in a boarding house in Camden Town, the fictional site of the Cratchit household. The Dickenses were eventually evicted again from their meager quarters because they were unable to keep up with the rent. Dickens suffered some lifelong bitterness about his sense of being abandoned in childhood. Nonetheless, from time to time after he became a successful author, he provided financial support to his family members. The spiritual message of A Christmas Carol is Scrooges delight at just being alive on Christmas morning, in appreciation for which he sent a goose to the Cratchits and accepted dinner with his loving nephew Fred. His redemption was evidenced thereafter as a respected and beloved citizen. Dickens real-life contribution to the holy day is remembrance of him as the writer who renewed a spirit of Christmas during terrible times for the working poor and many who lived and died without a job and without hope. Fortunate are we who live in a time when no one is imprisoned for being poor. Merry Christmas to all. Reader Opinions Invited The opinions expressed in West Marion Messenger editorials are the opinions of the editorial board of the newspaper. Viewpoints depicted in political cartoons, columns or letters do not necessarily represent the opinion of the editorial board. Groups or individuals are invited to express their opinions in letters to the editor and guest columns. Persons wishing to contact the editor should call 854-3986. All letters must be signed and include a phone number and community name, including letters sent via e-mail. Names and communities will be printed; phone numbers will not be published or given out. We reserve the right to edit letters for length, libel, fairness and good taste. Not all contributons are printed. Letters longer than 350 words may be regarded as columns and printed on a space-available basis, and writers will be limited to one contribution per week. The deadline is one week prior to each Wednesdays issue. Send letters to: The West Marion Messenger Editor, 8810 S.W. State Road 200, suite 104, Ocala, FL 34481; or e-mail editor@westmarionmessenger.com. Jim Clark Editor S o now the feds want to take away my right to use my cell phone in my car, including a hands-free device. Talk about government intrusion into something that is none of their business. I'll concede that sometimes talking on a cell phone that is not hands-free can be distracting. And I don't believe anyone should be texting or checking e-mail while driving. The only things that should be allowed are by voice. But trying to ban a hands-free device is completely out of line. What about companies such as Onstar, who provide you with a voice phone with your service in your car? Are they going to force this company to take out this factoryinstalled feature? But if they're going to ban use of cell phones by the hands, what about other things? Here's a list of things I've seen people doing on the roads. 1. Eating a sandwich with one hand and holding a drink in another, while trying to drive at the same time. Is the government going to ban all eating in cars by the driver? 2. Trying to change a CD in the CD player while driving down the road. Are we going to ban all CD players in cars? Are you only going to be allowed to listen to whatever CD is in your player over and over (some of us can't afford to have fancy CD changers in the car). 3. Trying to change the radio station in the car. Same as CDs. Are we going to force people to listen to the same radio station all the time, changing it only when they stop? Might be OK locally but what about the Interstate where you may not stop for a couple of hours and the radio station goes out of range. (People do still listen to radio stations, don't they?) 4. Trying to read a GPS as they drive down the road. Can you imagine if everyone had to suddenly stop to look up directions on their GPS? We'd probably have a bunch of rear-end collisions. So the feds and the state need to think this over carefully. Ban texting I'm all for that. But technology is moving a lot faster than our state legislators and federal officials. They need to let the market play out and see what people will be using in the future. Time for me to put an end to this column. I'm almost at the office and I've been typing it on my laptop as I drive along State Road 200. Don't worry, just kidding. 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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, December 21, 2011 7 6Wednesday, December 21, 2011 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger West Marion Messenger 8810 W. State Road 200, suite 104, Ocala, FL 34481; or e-mail editor@westmarionmessenger.com Opinion Among Friends On Point They want to take away my cell phone Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus By Francis P Church, first published in The New York Sun in 1897. We take pleasure in answering thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of The Sun: Dear Editor I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, If you see it in The Sun, its so. Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus? Virginia OHanlon Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be mens or childrens, are little. In this great universe of ours, man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge. Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished. Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies. You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if you did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but thats no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world. You tear apart the babys rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived could tear apart. Only faith, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding. No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives and lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay 10 times 10,000 years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood. O ur M essage PUBLISHER: GERRY MULLIGAN REGIONALMANAGER: JOHN PROVOST EDITOR: JIM CLARK Messenger WEST MARION Guest column Ebenezer Scrooge redeemedBy Jim Flynn S PECIALTOTHEC ITIZEN Despite my disdain for fairy tales and fictional happy endings, I was taken by Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol from first reading. I was captured again by the 1951 best ever movie rendition of the story, starring Alistair Sim. The seasonal life story of Ebenezer Scrooge is about an emotionally neglected childhood, a relentless rise to success as a money lender, and a lonely life of humbug after his only friend and partner, Jacob Marley, had passed away. The name Scrooge is a contraction of the uncomplimentary words screw and gouge. The storys mission of Marleys first ghost is to cause Scrooge to acknowledge his lifelong loneliness. The woman he loved turned away from him because of his greed. And his dear sister Fan died in childbirth. Marleys second ghost, the spirit of the present, intends to shake Scrooges conscience by revealing the home life of his under-paid clerk Bob Cratchit and his children. Despite their poverty and the declining health of their lame son, TinyTim, the Cratchits emit humble joy over the Christmas season. The final ghost, of Christmas yet to come, does not speak. Instead he depicts for Scrooge the sadness which the Cratchit family will experience on the passing of Tiny Tim, and by contrast shows Scrooge the lonely and unmourned death which he will suffer for his sins. When he wrote his little Christmas book, Dickens was deep in debt, and his inspiration was undoubtedly his own childhood. He was one of eight children, whose father was a poorly paid clerk like Bob Cratchit. Father and all eight children went to debtors prison when Dickens was 12. Dickens was allowed out to work in a shoe blacking factory to help feed his family in prison. Those were times of cruel child labor, when many orphans lived in the streets. After their release from prison, the Dickens family lived for a time in a boarding house in Camden Town, the fictional site of the Cratchit household. The Dickenses were eventually evicted again from their meager quarters because they were unable to keep up with the rent. Dickens suffered some lifelong bitterness about his sense of being abandoned in childhood. Nonetheless, from time to time after he became a successful author, he provided financial support to his family members. The spiritual message of A Christmas Carol is Scrooges delight at just being alive on Christmas morning, in appreciation for which he sent a goose to the Cratchits and accepted dinner with his loving nephew Fred. His redemption was evidenced thereafter as a respected and beloved citizen. Dickens real-life contribution to the holy day is remembrance of him as the writer who renewed a spirit of Christmas during terrible times for the working poor and many who lived and died without a job and without hope. Fortunate are we who live in a time when no one is imprisoned for being poor. Merry Christmas to all. Reader Opinions Invited The opinions expressed in West Marion Messenger editorials are the opinions of the editorial board of the newspaper. Viewpoints depicted in political cartoons, columns or letters do not necessarily represent the opinion of the editorial board. Groups or individuals are invited to express their opinions in letters to the editor and guest columns. Persons wishing to contact the editor should call 854-3986. All letters must be signed and include a phone number and community name, including letters sent via e-mail. Names and communities will be printed; phone numbers will not be published or given out. We reserve the right to edit letters for length, libel, fairness and good taste. Not all contributons are printed. Letters longer than 350 words may be regarded as columns and printed on a space-available basis, and writers will be limited to one contribution per week. The deadline is one week prior to each Wednesdays issue. Send letters to: The West Marion Messenger Editor, 8810 S.W. State Road 200, suite 104, Ocala, FL 34481; or e-mail editor@westmarionmessenger.com. Jim Clark Editor S o now the feds want to take away my right to use my cell phone in my car, including a hands-free device. Talk about government intrusion into something that is none of their business. I'll concede that sometimes talking on a cell phone that is not hands-free can be distracting. And I don't believe anyone should be texting or checking e-mail while driving. The only things that should be allowed are by voice. But trying to ban a hands-free device is completely out of line. What about companies such as Onstar, who provide you with a voice phone with your service in your car? Are they going to force this company to take out this factoryinstalled feature? But if they're going to ban use of cell phones by the hands, what about other things? Here's a list of things I've seen people doing on the roads. 1. Eating a sandwich with one hand and holding a drink in another, while trying to drive at the same time. Is the government going to ban all eating in cars by the driver? 2. Trying to change a CD in the CD player while driving down the road. Are we going to ban all CD players in cars? Are you only going to be allowed to listen to whatever CD is in your player over and over (some of us can't afford to have fancy CD changers in the car). 3. Trying to change the radio station in the car. Same as CDs. Are we going to force people to listen to the same radio station all the time, changing it only when they stop? Might be OK locally but what about the Interstate where you may not stop for a couple of hours and the radio station goes out of range. (People do still listen to radio stations, don't they?) 4. Trying to read a GPS as they drive down the road. Can you imagine if everyone had to suddenly stop to look up directions on their GPS? We'd probably have a bunch of rear-end collisions. So the feds and the state need to think this over carefully. Ban texting I'm all for that. But technology is moving a lot faster than our state legislators and federal officials. They need to let the market play out and see what people will be using in the future. Time for me to put an end to this column. I'm almost at the office and I've been typing it on my laptop as I drive along State Road 200. Don't worry, just kidding. 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A lthough I may look a little stodgy on the outside with a few gray hairs blossoming on the top, I still know how to celebrate, and this is the time of the year to do that sort of thing. I love a good Christmas celebration. For the last few years, I have never had to check my calendar to know when it is time to celebrate the Christmas season. It seems that the Thanksgiving turkey always gives rise to what I shall refer to as the Holiday Turkey. No sooner is my Thanksgiving turkey resting snugly inside of me when the Holiday Turkeys begin their assault on Christmas. Do not let this get out, but I love it. Some people are quite offended when these Holiday Turkeys begin their assault on Christmas. I would be insulted if they did not. I expect them to attack anything to do with Christmas. It just goes to show that the Christmas story has not lost its offense. Those of us who celebrate the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ embrace this time of the year with a great deal of joy and praise. After all, we are celebrating the fact that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners. What better message to celebrate at this time of year when most people are having a difficult time. Dont get me wrong here. I believe in celebrating Jesus Christ every day. There is something special about setting aside one day of the year to recognize his birth. I do not worship the manger nor do I venerate the three wise men. I do, however, appreciate the fact that Jesus Christ came into this world and it certainly is my privilege once a year to celebrate His birthday. I know He wasnt born on Dec. 25, but it is the thought that counts. Even those who do celebrate Christmas sometime celebrate the wrong thing. People who do not have much money spend themselves poor getting Christmas presents for their family, and then they spend the rest of the year trying to pay off those purchases. That is a nice gesture but that is not the reason for the season. Instead of spending money this year for your family, why not spend a little time with them. That will do more good than something you buy in the store that will be obsolete by the time they open it Christmas morning. Then there are those who take this time of the year to do nothing but party, party, party. By party, I mean getting so inebriated they have no idea what they are doing or saying. Many people will die during the celebration of Christs birth because of some intoxicated driver. 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Meadowcrest Blvd., Crystal River There are immediate opportunities for independent contractors to manage and grow single copy newspaper routes in Citrus and Marion Counties Read the classifieds Merry is as merry celebrates James Snyder Please see SNYDER Page 9 Electronics are once again dominating holiday shopping lists this season. In fact, analysts with the Consumer Electronics Association predict shoppers will spend six percent more on electronics this year compared to last or about $250 per consumer. And for every new laptop, tablet, phone, TV, gaming system and scores of other gadgets, an outdated device likely will be replaced. For those old electronics, the question is, Now what? First off, do not throw replaced electronics in the trash. Electronic devices are comprised of a range of toxic components that can be harmful to human health and the environment if discarded in the same waste stream as the rest of your household garbage. Trashed electronics, or e-waste, contain heavy metals such as lead, mercury and cadmium, which can leach out of landfills and into groundwater or nearby waterways. The good news is that there are several alternatives for disposing of your e-waste, including reuse and recycling. One ideal method that is in keeping with the holiday spirit is to find a local community electronics recycling fund-raiser to properly dispose of your outdated electronics while helping to raise funds for a local organization. With the current economic climate most nonprofits, schools and other organizations are experiencing harder times. Not only will recycling benefit an organization in need, but the environment as well by diverting the e-waste from the landfill. Visit us.simsrecycling.com/events or contact your favorite nonprofit or other charitable organization to find an event near you. Another option is to look into electronics take-back programs. Many electronics retailers, like Best Buy or Staples, will accept your e-waste for free or a small handling fee, regardless of brand or condition. Several manufacturers, too, will take back retired products, although these takeback programs vary in terms of fees and conditions. A quick Internet search of your local electronics retailer or manufacturers recycling policy will provide instructions for their take-back process. Many cities waste management divisions also have electronics recycling programs, though opportunities differ in size and scope. Some municipalities have designated ewaste collection sites, while others might host periodic events to collect ewaste. Typically municipalities contract with third-party e-waste recyclers that process the collected material on behalf of the city. Check your citys website to learn about opportunities to drop off your e-waste or have it collected. Finally, consumers should look to see if ewaste recycling companies, such as those that contract with cities, have a facility nearby. These companies usually contract with organizations and businesses to handle large volumes of ewaste, but many welcome materials directly from individuals. Depending on the company, some accept electronics at their local facility at any time, some have designated days for public drop-off and others host periodic collection events with local partners. Unfortunately, however, there are some bad seeds in the e-waste recycling industry. Individuals, municipalities and businesses should take several important steps before selecting a recycler, thereby ensuring their e-waste is properly managed. For example, make sure the recycler is either Responsible Recycler (R2) or e-Stewards certified, which is one indicator that the recycler is adhering to environmental best practices. Also, even if you think your electronic device has been cleared of personal data, be sure the recycler offers data destruction compliant with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to make certain all data is wiped clean. Lastly, ask with whom a recycler does business. Some recyclers dont actually handle the recycling of equipment and only collect the material for recycling. Not knowing exactly where your electronics are being recycled could put you and the environmentat risk. The best recyclers are those that own the lifecycle, offering a complete range of remarketing and recycling services internally, thereby eliminating reliance on subcontractors, and thus improving accountability and security. This holiday season when you are making room for your new electronic devices, remember there are plenty of homes for your old ones, but the garbage is not one of them. Buying new electronics this season? Dont trash the old ones ARIES (March 21 to April 19) With the new years opportunities almost within reach, the Arians courageous aspects are raring to go. And dont be surprised if a lot of people follow the zodiacs most trusted leader. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Change lies ahead for the brave Bovine who is ready to shuck off the tried and true to try something new. But appearances can be deceptive. Check it all out before you charge into anything. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) This week promises a peek into what the new year holds for the Gemini Twins, both in love and careers. Family matters continue to be a factor in decisions youre going to be facing. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) As you move into the new year, your travel aspects grow stronger, and you might find yourself making decisions about a destination and a traveling companion sooner than youd expected. LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22) The new year holds both glitter and gold. 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stroke play, with USGA rules in effect. A software program tracks each players handicap to ensure participants are placed in their proper flight. Once you begin playing on Tour, the integrity of each flight is kept and many players are moved up in flights during the season. A Skins game is also available. Players are truly treated like pros, says local Tour Director Jim Castello, This Tour gives competitive golfers the opportunity to test their skills on some of the finest courses in the area with some of the areas finest players. Tour President Dennis McCormac, headquartered in Charlotte, NC, heads-up the 13-year old Tour in 12 markets across the country. A Tour member in North Central Florida can play in any Senior Amateur Golf Tour event in any of our other Tour cities and a percentage of their points accumulate in their home Tour, said McCormac, emphasizing that this is a huge benefit for those who travel, especially those who Winter in Florida and Summer in the North. Tour membership fee is $85 and includes a tour gift pack, plus reduced rates on Tournament practice rounds. Entry fees vary with each event, and include cart, green fees, range balls and prizes. Golfers can check the Tour Manual, schedule, and sign up and pay by credit card at www.senioramateurgolftour.net. For more information contact Tour Director: Jim Castello, 352-446-3446; or, email at ncflorida@amateurgolftour.net. messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, December 21, 2011 9 4Wednesday, December 21, 2011 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger The West Marion Messenger is a free community newspaper covering news of communities west of Ocala including Fore Ranch, Stone Creek, Fairfield Village, Ocala Palms, Timberwood, Falls of Ocala, Quail Meadow, Foxwood Farms and Golden Hills. Postmaster: Entered as Third Class Matter at the post office in Ocala, Fla., 34477. Problems getting the Messenger: If your community is listed above and the Messenger is not delivered to you or you are having trouble getting the paper from boxes around the S.R. 40 and SR 27 areas, call 854-3986.CONTACT INFORMATION(352) 854-3986 Fax (352) 854-9277 8810 S.W. State Road 200, Suite 103, Ocala, FL 34481 Editor Jim Clark Circulation Barbara Jaggers Inside Sales/Office Coordinator -Michel Northsea Advertising Sales Tom Rapplean and Susie Mirabile Regional Manager John Provost Deadline for news : Friday 1 p.m. the week before publication. Member of the Community Papers of Florida I want to get news in the Messenger. Call editor Jim Clark at 352-854-3986 or send by e-mail to editor@westmarionmessenger.comCommunity news and photos must be received by Friday the week before publication. Mail and photos may be left at the Messenger office in Kingsland Plaza. 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Cohn Construction 0009S2W 0009ZC2 LANDSCAPING JAMISON LANDSCAPE & TREE SERVICE Specializing in new landscape designs, dangerous tree removal and rimming, rock, mulch, paver stones, sod and more. FREE ESTIMATES Jeff Jamison 352-321-0404 licensed & insured 10% Discount To Seniors & Military 000A1WO LAWN/HOME Roys Lawn & Home Services Full Property Maintenance Painting Sod Installations Pressure Washing F REE E STIMATES Lic/Ins 3 5 2 3 4 2 4 4 4 4 3 5 2 3 4 2 4 4 4 4 352-342-4444 GOLFcontinued from Page 1 Happenings Wednesday, Dec. 21 Public Bingo at the Moose Each Wednesday beginning at 1 p.m. Bingo is played with opportunities to win big. Try your luck while supporting the Lodge and its charity endeavors. Everyone is welcome with a variety of lunch selections. Located at 10411 S.W. 110th St., one mile north of the State Road 200 main entrance of Oak Run. Phone is 352-854-2200. Friday, Dec. 31 United Way Day of Caring deadlineUnited Way of Marion County will hold the 19th annual Day of Caring on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012. Day of Caring offers businesses, individuals, organizations and civic clubs the opportunity to help local nonprofit human service agencies accomplish much-needed projects during one day of organized volunteerism. Volunteer work teams who are interested in participating or community organizations that have projects that need to be completed can fill out an application at www.uwmc.org. The deadline for team and project applications is Friday, Dec. 31. For more information, contact Tina Banner at 352-7329696 or tbanner@uwmc.org. Saturday, Jan. 7 Gentle chair yoga planned Gentle chair yoga at the Freedom Library will be from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. and continuing on Jan. 14, Feb. 4 and Feb. 11. For details, contact Ingrid Crane at 352-854-7950.Thursday, Jan. 12 Palm Cay GOP to meetOn Jan. 12, the Palm Cay Republican Club will be holding its monthly meeting at the Oasis Club in Palm Cay. The speakers for January are Chris Blair, who is running for sheriff of Marion County, Wally Wagoner who is a candidate for superintendent of schools for Marion County and Wesley Wilcox, assistant supervisor of elections for Marion County The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. and last until 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served after the meeting with lots of time to ask questions of the guests. For details, call James Pettus, 352-438-9662.Ongoing Donations of cars sought First Congregational United Church of Christ is accepting vehicles of all types for donation. Vehicles do not have to be in working condition. All donations are taxdeductible based on book value. Contact David Keith, 352-598-6272 or the church office at 352-237-3035. The Department of Health and Human Services has released a bulletin outlining proposed policies that will give states more flexibility and freedom to implement the Affordable Care Act. The Affordable Care Act ensures all Americans have access to quality, affordable health insurance. To achieve this goal, the law ensures that health insurance plans offered in the individual and small group markets, both inside and outside of the Affordable Insurance Exchanges (Exchanges), offer a comprehensive package of items and services, known as essential health benefits. The bulletin describes an inclusive, affordable and flexible proposal and informs stakeholders about the approach that HHS intends to pursue in rulemaking to define essential health benefits. HHS is releasing this intended approach to give consumers, states, employers and issuers timely information as they work HHS to give states more flexibility to implement health reform toward establishing Exchanges and making decisions for 2014. This approach was developed with significant input from the public, as well as reports from the Department of Labor, the Institute of Medicine, and research conducted by HHS. Under the Affordable Care Act, consumers and small businesses can be confident that the insurance plans they choose and purchase will cover a comprehensive and affordable set of health services, said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Our approach will protect consumers and give states the flexibility to design coverage options that meet their unique needs. Under the Departments intended approach, states would have the flexibility to select an existing health plan to set the benchmark for the items and services included in the essential health benefits package. States would choose one of the following health insurance plans as a benchmark: One of the three largest small group plans in the state; One of the three largest state employee health plans; One of the three largest federal employee health plan options; The largest HMO plan offered in the states commercial market. The benefits and services included in the health insurance plan selected by the state would be the essential health benefits package. Plans could modify coverage within a benefit category so long as they do not reduce the value of coverage. Consistent with the law, states must ensure the essential health benefits package covers items and services in at least ten categories of care, including preventive care, emergency services, maternity care, hospital and physician services, and prescription drugs. If a state selects a plan that does not cover all ten categories of care, the state will have the option to examine other benchmark insurance plans, including the Federal Employee Health Benefits Plan, to determine the type of benefits that will be included in the essential health benefits package. The policy proposed today by HHS would give states the flexibility to select a plan that would be equal in scope to the services covered by a typical employer plan in their state. States and insurers would retain the flexibility to evolve the benefits package with the market as innovative plan designs are developed and advancements in care become available, and meetthe needs of their citizens. More than 30 million Americans who newly have insurance coverage in 2014 will have a comprehensive benefit package, said Sherry Glied, PhD, assistant secretary for planning and evaluation. In addition to assuring comprehensive coverage for the newly insured, many millions of Americans buying their own insurance today will gain valuable new coverage, including more than 8 million Americans who currently do not have maternity coverage, and more than 1 million who will gain prescription drug coverage. The bulletin issued today addresses only the services and items covered by a health plan, not the cost sharing, such as deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance. The costPlease see HEALTH Page 9 sharing features will be addressed in future bulletins and cost-sharing rules will determine the actuarial value of the plan. Public input on this proposal is encouraged. Comments are due by Jan 31, 2012 and can be sent to: EssentialHealthBenefits@cms.hhs.gov. For the essential health benefits bulletin, visit: http://cciio.cms.gov/resources/regulations/index. html#hie For a fact sheet on the essential health benefits bulletin, visit: http://www.healthcare.gov/ news/factsheets/2011/12/essential-healthbenefits12162011a.html For a summary of individual market coverage as it relates to essential health benefits, visit: http://aspe.hhs.gov/health/r eports/2011/IndividualMarket/ib.shtml For information comparing benefits in small group products and state and Federal employee plans, visit: http://aspe.hhs.gov/health/r eports/2011/MarketComparison/rb.shtml HEALTHcontinued from Page 4 You can always tell the quality of a person by what they celebrate and how they celebrate. Of course, the Holiday Turkeys will accuse me right here of being judgmental. Perhaps they are right. What is wrong with a little bit of being judgmental? Why is it we can be judgmental in every area of our life except those areas that are matters of life and death. My doctor is so judgmental that sometimes I would like to punch him in the nose. What right does he have to tell me that I have something wrong with me? Well, hes the doctor. How many people have shortened their life by not listening to their judgmental doctor? Some alcohol-saturated person will challenge me and say, You have no right telling me what to do. Im going to have a good time. Dont you judge me. Then they get smashed, jump in their car and end up killing some young family coming home from a Christmas party. That certainly is not the reason for the season. The Christmas season is not the season to get so drunk you do not know what you are doing that you hurt other people and it is not the season to spend yourself into the poor house for the next year or so. The Christmas season is the season to celebrate Gods answer to mans incurable dilemma. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16 KJV). The answer to all of mans problem is Jesus Christ. The Christmas season is the season to join with family and neighbor and sing of Gods amazing Grace. Go ahead. Deck your halls with Holly but in the midst of it all, give God the glory in the highest. This is the season for our streets to echo with the joyous celebration of Christ coming into this world. Then there are those who object. I have a proposition for all of the Holiday Turkeys who object to me celebrating Christmas or trying to call it something other than what it really is. You do not have to celebrate the Christmas season; just allow me to celebrate it in a way that I see fit. Then, I will not celebrate April 1 or Halloween but will allow you to celebrate your holidays anyway you want to. I think that is fair. It is a two-forone deal I am not sure anybody could ever pass up. Celebrate your holiday, and I will celebrate the Christmas season and wish all my friends a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.The Rev. James L. Snyder is pastor of the Family of God Fellowship, PO Box 831313, Ocala, FL 34483. He lives with his wife, Martha, in Silver Springs Shores. Call him at 352-687-4240 or e-mail jamessnyder2@att.net. The church web site is www.whatafellowship.com. SNYDERcontinued from Page 8 Reminder: Early deadline for next weeks issue; all material must be in by Thursday 12/22 Is Your Garage Screen Door Stuck? Enjoy the benefits of all Florida has to offer, any time of the year with a Sliding Garage Screen Door! Its like adding an extra room! 000A3WY 465-4629 crayconst@msn.com CRC058138 16x7 Sliding Garage Screen Door *Installation charges vary O p t i o n a l S c r e e n Optional Screen C h o i c e s Choices S t a r t i n g a t Starting at $ 6 9 5 $ 695 00098Y6 IRRIGATION LLC. 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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, December 21, 2011 3 10Wednesday, December 21, 2011 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 352-622-3937 museumeyecare@live.com Dr. James A. Muse B o a r d C e r t i f i e d Board Certified O p t o m e t r i c P h y s i c i a n Optometric Physician Our commitment to personalized eyecare... Your eyes are our masterpiece. No Technicians, No Opticians, Just You and the Doctor Happy Holidays ~ Happy Holidays ~ Happy Holidays ~ Happy Holidays Happy Holidays ~ Happy Holidays ~ Happy Holidays ~ Happy Holidays Happy Holidays ~ Happy Holidays ~ Happy Holidays ~ Happy Holidays Happy Holidays ~ Happy Holidays ~ Happy Holidays ~ Happy Holidays Heath Brook Commons (next to Publix) 5400 SW College Rd/Highway 200, Suite 106, Ocala, FL 34474 Eyecare hours are: M T TH F 8:30 -5:00; W 1:00-6:00 Select Sat. are available Medicare, United Health Care, BC/BS Providers 000A2IU 0009VCG Helping Those In Need The West Marion Business Association is having a hat, gloves and socks drive for the needy in our community. The drive runs through the end of the year. Hats Socks Gloves You can drop off your donations at these locations: FWH & Associates Blue Cross and Blue Shield 7651 S.W. State Road 200, Suite 108 Personal Care Medical 6035 S.W. 54 St., Suite 200 (Right off 60th Ave/Airport Rd.) 2nd Chance Consignment & Curves both in Jasmine Plaza at 6128 S.W. State Rd. 200 Yours Truly 8449 S.W. State Road 200 in Friendship Plaza Readers Choice Winner Jewelry Store 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 www.jandjjewelersocala.com WRAP IT UP EARLY FOR THE HOLIDAYS! 10-40% OFF SELECTED ITEMS 000A3XD A l l r e p a i r s d o n e o n p r e m i s e s A l l r e p a i r s d o n e o n p r e m i s e s All repairs done on premises. 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Chanukah is observed for eight nights and days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, which may occur at any time from late November to late December. The festival is observed by lighting the unique candelabrum, the ninebranched Menorah or Chanukah, one additional light on each night of the holiday, progressing to eight on the final night. The typical Menorah consists of eight branches with an additional raised branch. The extra light is called a shamash and is given a distinct location, usually above or below the other candles. The purpose of the shamash is to have a light available for use, as using the Chanukah lights themselves is forbidden. The Ocala city square will have the annual Lighting of the Menorah beginning at 6 p.m. tonight. The ladies of Quail Meadow had their monthly luncheon at Ruby Tuesdays. The food and fellowship were enjoyed by everyone. If you havent been attending these monthly luncheons, why dont you plan on joining us in January? The Red Hot Fillies of the Meadow had a great time at Stone Creek last week. Many of our members were unable to attend due to illness and travel. This is a busy time of the year and its hard to find a date to suit everyone. The food was fabulous, as usual did you try the bourbon bread pudding? Maybe we should just go for dessert next time! Dont forget to get your tickets for the New Years Eve party. Lil Carie has the tickets. This is going to be a fun night, and a safe way to welcome the New Year. Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah. Its the first day of Chanukah Carolyn Slocumb The ladies at their luncheon. The Red Hat luncheon. Pat Tobin enjoying the ladies luncheon at Ruby Tuesdays. TO PLACE ACLASSIFIED AD, CALLToll Free 1-877-676-1403 MONDAYTHROUGH FRIDAY, 8:00 AM 5:00 PM Friday at 4:00 pm is the deadline for classified reader ads. DEADLINES CANCELLATIONSAll ads require prepayment. 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messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger Wednesday, December 21, 2011 11 2Wednesday, December 21, 2011 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 0009N2W 000A2Z3 Take a Ride in The Wild! Airboat Tours Lake Lochloosa Orange Lake A 6,000 acre lake surrounded, for the most part, by a 27,000 acre conservation area. 1 hour tours For Prices & Reservations Call Bruce Balentine 352-572-6624 See what Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings wrote about Alligator Anhinga 0 0 0 A 1 R N Fairfield Village B art Rich, who is President of Fairfields HOA, and Rudy Dagnello will be entertaining at the Oasis Restaurant on State Road 200 on Thursday, Dec. 22 from 9 to 11 a.m. That is a bit early, so mark the time and come to see what is going on. Everyone is invited to come and join the activity. Have a nice breakfast or just another added morning snack and have some real fun and Christmas cheer. There will be Christmas music mixed with some Lots and lots of Christmas fun for Fairfield Village Priscilla Geissal traditional tunes. This is guaranteed to be lots of fun. Come and see for yourself. We will follow this invitation with some photos next week of the activity so that others may want to come by and join in at future times. Along with this upcoming activity, we can report that the Christmas Potluck Dinner at the Fairfield Village Clubhouse was a terrific success. As usual, there was so much food, that those present either had to refrain or suffer the consequence of the old malady that was handled back in the s by the AlkaSeltzer plop, plop, fizz, fizz if we wanted the relief that was purported to be oh what a relief it is! Actually, I always thought that the cute little AlkaSeltzer guy was a little overrated as the bringer of the relief, but that was just my experience. Does anyone else remember all those Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners when we got so very sleepy (the results of the turkey and the overeating too), and we did not understand the cause. I wonder if we missed out on a natural way to help our children fall asleep at night. Maybe we should have fed them a little turkey with each dinner mealYou think? With this being the last issue of the Messenger before Christmas weekend, we in Fairfield Village would like to wish one and all a fabulous Christmas holiday. For those who do not celebrate Christmas, we hope that your weekend is lots of fun and bring enjoyment to you and yours as well. From the lively place filled with lovely people, we wish you all health, happiness, and a wonderful holiday! The barber shop quartet known as Good Vibrations entertained and were well received. The members are Peter Musella, Ron Bromans, Rob Caruapa, and Jim Francis. When they first came out, they offered to introduce themselves...they turned and introduced themselves to each other. The act started with humor. Winners of the special prizes for the evening were Phil Geissal, above, and Bob Elliott, right. Reminder: Early deadline the next two weeks

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INDEX Fairfield Village..2 Quail Meadow......3 Ocala Palms........7 Puzzles..............10 VOLUME 4, NUMBER 39 WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER21, 2011 Classified Page 10 Rev. SnyderPage 8 12Wednesday, December 21, 2011 messengermessenger MESSENGER messengermessengermessengermessengermessengermessenger 000A2TI Fairfield celebrates Santa holds his empty bag after giving away all his "goodies" at the Fairfield Village party. Lots of older boys and girls enj oyed their visits for the evening with the old guy in the red suit with the great white beard. But dont worry, boys and girls, hel l refill his bag with gifts for this weekend. At the left, the fantastic red and purple Christmas tree decorated by the Fairfield Feisty Fil lies was dedicated to Jan Scott who passed away earlier this year. Lots of small photos of Jan also decorated the tree. Merry Christma s, Lovely Lady! Column and more photos, Page 2. Early deadline this weekAll material for next weeks West Marion Messenger, the issue of Dec. 28, must be submitted by tomorrow, Thursday, Dec. 22. The paper will be put together after 5 that evening. The office will be closed on Monday, Dec.26. In addition, deadlines will be early for the issue of Jan. 4, with stories and photos due by Thursday, Dec. 29. The paper will be put together after 5 that evening, and the office will be closed on Monday, Jan. 2. We thank you in advance for your cooperation. The Senior Amateur Golf Tour is teeing it up to start its second season in North Central Florida on Thursday Jan. 12, initiating a series of 14 tournaments that includes two majors, all leading to the National Championship in Pinehurst, NC. Tournaments are scheduled for some of the areas most prestigious courses and certain to prove to be a good test of golf for all competitors. The Tour is open to all skill levels, 50 years of age and older. Members are placed in one of four flights: Championship Flight (0-3.9 handicap), A Flight (4.0-8.9), B Flight (9.0-13.9), C Flight (14.0-plus). Tournament sites include: Stone Creek, Ocala; RedTail, Sorrento; Juliette Falls, Dunnnellon; Timacuan, Lake Mary; Black Bear, Eustis; Country Club of Ocala; Mission Inn, Howey-in-the-Hills; Golden Hills, Ocala; Alaqua, Longwood; Eagle Dunes, Sorrento; Black Diamond, Lecanto; Southern Hills, Brooksville; Harbor Hills, Lady Lake; and, World Woods, Homosassa Springs. The tournaments at Mission Inn and World Woods are major 2-day, 36-hole tournaments that award double points and prizes. This often affects the standings in each flight since the top ten points leaders in each flight are invited to the National Championship held in November. Tournament format is gross Senior Amateur Golf set locally Please see GOLF Page 4 Ocala Palms residents visit homes to see decorations Six Ocala Palms residents opened their homes for a Christmas tour to benefit the Ocala Rape/Crisis/Spousal Abuse Center. More than 130 tickets were sold with proceeds going to the charity event. More photos, Page 7. PHOTOS BY CATHY DONOHUEThese ladies went by golf cart to visit the exquisitely decorated homes. From left are, Kathy Gustafson, Carol Yount, Karen McShane and Sandy Ellis. Ken and Ralyn Moore pose in front of their tree.